After a standout season with the Ontario Hockey League's North Bay Centennials, Mark LaForest went undrafted, yet, played in the NHL from 1985 to 1994 with Detroit, Philadelphia, Toronto and Ottawa. He joined the Maple Leafs in a trade from the Flyers on September 8, 1989 and spent his lone season with the Blue and White in 1989-90.
That season, LaForest compiled the best individual goals against average (3.89) and save percentage (.886) among the four netminders to see time with the Leafs. He played in 27 games and compiled nine wins, 14 losses and no ties. He fashioned a four- game winning streak from December 7 to 13. He was dealt, along with Tie Domi, to the Rangers following the season for Greg Johnston.
The native of Welland, Ontario may well be best remembered by Leafs fans for his spirited fight against fellow goalie Sean Burke of the New Jersey Devils at centre ice of Maple Leaf Gardens on October 23, 1989. The altercation came in just his second appearance in a Leafs uniform.
LaForest played in 103 NHL games over his career.